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  • NSSLHA named Chapter of the Year

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Sep 14, 2017

    NSSLHA is named 2017 Chapter of the Year

    NSSLHA Chapter of the Year graphic

    The University of Cincinnati chapter of the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) was named "Chapter of the Year" by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. There are over 300 chapters across the country and this is the 3rd time the student organization has won this honor since 2011.

    The UC chapter, made up of approximately 200 students, raises an average of $5,000 per year and devotes hundreds of service hours to organizations, foundations and scholarships.

    "This year, our primary goal was to increase engagement and interaction among our members while continuing to give back to the community” says 2016-2017 president Jade Clark.

    NSSLHA was able to do this by implementing a mentorship “families” program, hosting an Emmy Award winning muscular dystrophy speaker, and funding 16 members to travel to their national convention among many other fundraising events and philanthropic activities.

    “The UC NSSLHA Chapter serves as one of the most active organizations on UC’s campus” says faculty advisor and undergraduate program director, Carney Sotto, PhD. “The chapter goes over and above to support and fulfill the NSSLHA mission of inspiring, empowering and supporting students in a communication sciences & disorders program.” 

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  • CAHS Welcomes President Pinto!

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jan 12, 2017


    Welcome President Pinto

    President Pinto

     The University of Cincinnati (UC) will welcome it’s 30th president in February 2017. Neville Pinto, PhD was named UC’s next president on December 17th by the UC Board of Trustees.

    Currently, President-Elect Pinto, is serving as the acting president and professor of chemical engineering at the University of Louisville. Pinto has a long history with UC and many are excited for his return.

    Pinto served for 26 years on UC’s faculty in chemical engineering.  During this time, he held numerous administrative roles including Department Head for Chemical Engineering, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering, and, most recently, Vice Provost and Dean of The Graduate School.

    In 2011, Pinto left UC and joined the University of Louisville as the Dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. In 2015, he was named Interim Provost and most recently he is serving as the universities’ acting president.

    The search for UC’s president started in August after former President Santa Ono, PhD, left UC to become the President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  

    College of Allied Health Sciences Dean, Tina Whalen, EdD, was one of the members of the presidential search committee that had a hand in choosing our 30th president.

    The university has a specific composition that makes up a presidential search committee (as outlined in University Rule 3361:10-6-01). A full list of search committee members can be found at the bottom of this article. As the Chairman of the Dean’s Council it made sense that Whalen would represent the university deans on the search. 

    Prior to beginning the search, the committee held sessions across the university to collect feedback about what stakeholders wanted in their next president. Based off of these conversations the committee knew that they couldn’t replicate former President Santa Ono, but they needed to find a candidate that was in touch with students. These sessions also made it clear that faculty and students wanted a president who ascribed by the values of the institution and who would not see UC as a stepping stone opportunity.

    After reviewing and interviewing the pool of candidates the committee recommended four finalists who then had further interviews with a number of stakeholder representatives. The final decision was solely with the Board of Trustees.

    “We were committed to getting the best possible candidate” Whalen said about the presidential search committee. To ensure that the committee had the highest quality pool they also had to protect the antinomy of the candidates for as long as they could. 

    “President Pinto offered the best of both worlds” says Whalen. “He has a history and knowledge of the university and has developed new experiences and skills while at the University of Louisville.”

    It was also important to the committee that Pinto made it clear that he wanted to come back to Cincinnati. “He intends to come here and establish himself in the university and the community” says Whalen.

    During his past years at UC, Pinto showed he was an advocate for the College of Allied Health Sciences and the Academic Health Center. 

    While he was dean of the graduate school, he worked with CAHS on a number of programs including:

    • Approving the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program, a program that will surpass 200 graduates this year.
    • Moving the genetic counseling from CAHS to the College of Medicine. He was able to save the program by finding it another home, showing that he put students at the forefront of his decisions.
    • Supporting early conversations about the development of our Master of Occupational Therapy program which is currently in the final stages of accreditation.

    Whalen says she excited about Pinto’s arrival. “He is thoughtful, a good listener and very process-oriented when it comes to decision making” she says.  She also notes that she has received unsolicited messages from past and present faculty at the university who share in her excitement. Many of them say they have had positive interactions with Pinto over the years and thank the committee for their time during the search.

    As UC approaches its Bicentennial year, it now has a leader that can help take our rising institution to new heights. The campus is eager to see what 2017 with President Pinto will bring.

    Search Committee Members

    Rob Richardson, chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the presidential search committee

    Shakila Ahmad, UC Foundation Board of Trustees
    C. Francis Barrett, Past Chairman, UC Board of Trustees
    Thomas D. Cassady, UC Board of Trustees
    Phil D. Collins, UC Board of Trustees
    Thomas H. Humes, Past Chairman, UC Board of Trustees
    Ericka King-Betts, Community Member
    Richard P. Lofgren, President and CEO, UC Health
    W. Troy Neat, UC Alumni Association
    Mitchell A. Phelps, Undergraduate Student Government
    Robert Probst, Dean, College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning
    Sid Thatham, Graduate Student Government, Vice President
    Tina F. Whalen, Dean, College of Allied Health Sciences
    Faculty Member, elected by Faculty Senate
    Faculty Member, elected by Faculty Senate
    Ohio Department of Higher Education Designee, Gary Cates, Vice Chancellor for the Ohio Board of Regents

    Watch an interview with President Pinto here:

  • Three students headed to ASHA's Minority Student Leadership Program

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Sep 07, 2016


    Three students headed to ASHA's Minority Student Leadership Program

    Student Maya Donaldson  Jade clark (left) and Narae Hyun (right) on the steps of the Medical Sciences building

    Three UC Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) students were recipients of the competitive Minority Student Leadership Program Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The recipients were Jade Clark, senior communication sciences and disorders student, Maya Donaldson, master in speech-language pathology student, and  Narae Hyun, a student in CSD’s PhD program. 

    Only 40 students nationally were chosen for the program (and only 5 were undergraduates) so the fact that UC will have three representatives is quite an accomplishment. The program is set to take place in November during ASHA’s convention in Philadelphia, PA.

    ASHA says the purpose of the program in to recruit and retain racial and ethnic minorities in fields that have historically been under-represented.

    Participants will get to take part in a set of leadership-focused educational programs and activities which will help them build and enhance their leadership skills and gain an understanding of how the association works. They will also have the opportunity to interact with leaders in the professions of audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech, language, and hearing sciences.

    How does it feel to be a part of the 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) Class?

    The Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) offered by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) is a program that I have been looking forward to applying to ever since I found out about it freshman year. At that time, it felt like a distant hope, but now it has become a reality! It is the most humbling feeling to be recognized at the national level and to be offered a spot in a class with some of the most hard-working and dedicated students in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders.” – Jade Clark

     "The Minority Student Leadership Program means a lot to me as it will provide me with the opportunity to become immersed in the culture of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, while at the same time expanding my network and challenging my leadership skills. It feels amazing to be acknowledged nationally for my leadership capabilities within the field and I'm looking forward to learning and growing."-Maya Donaldson

    More than traditional leadership programs, the Minority Student Leadership Program will allow me to be the inspired leader who can discriminate and comprehend value proposition by giving good samples of the new way to think, act and communicate. By participating this educational training program, I will be able to be creative – not afraid to fail, because I will see that in challenges and failure there will be something valuable.” – Narae Hyun

  • Summer Aphasia Awareness Event Educates and Inspires

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Sep 01, 2016

    Summer Aphasia Awareness Event Educates and Inspires

    Avi Golden with Aime Dietz


    On June 10th, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) and the National Student Speech-Language & Hearing Association (NSSLHA) hosted a special event for Aphasia Awareness Month entitled “Surviving my Stroke: An Aphasia Awareness Event.”

    This inaugural event brought together over 260 local stroke survivors, caregivers, community members, students and faculty from all departments in Allied Health and across the Academic Health Center. Dr. Aimee Dietz, spearheaded the event with the mission to raise awareness about aphasia, a language disorder that commonly co-occurs following stroke or traumatic brain injury. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, approximately 1 million people in the U.S. live with aphasia.

    The event featured guest speaker, Avi Golden, a well-known aphasia advocate and stroke survivor. Avi experienced a stroke at the age of 33 during a heart procedure, which resulted in paralysis on the right side of his body as well as Broca’s aphasia. This was just prior to enrolling in medical school.

    Although he has aphasia, which hinders his ability speak and write, Avi doesn’t let that stand in his way. With the help of 15 hours of speech therapy a week, he has made significant improvement and has returned to the things he did prior to his stroke, like working as a certified emergency medical technician (EMT).

    Students during aphasia event

    "Speech Pathology is awesome because I speak now” he says which was followed by overwhelming applause from the audience. Avi’s next goal is to complete medical school.

    Allison Hamilton, an undergraduate communication sciences and disorders, says the event reassured her of her future career path. “Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) help people like Avi everyday.” She continued to say, “It reminded me of how much of a difference I can one day make on someone’s life."

    Avi’s enthusiasm and passion for life helped others feel comfortable sharing their stories. A five-member stroke survivor panel, organized by CSD associate professor, Ms. Krista Beyrer, MA, brought together survivors and their caregivers to discuss how they overcome their communication challenges and stroke-related struggles. However, the panel made sure to highlight their post-stroke success stories. When the audience asked the panel what others could do to help those with aphasia, the panel agreed, “patience” is key.

    Stroke Panel during event

    “The best part about the event was the panel discussion” said doctor of physical therapy student Anna Hoffmeister. “The panelists were very open about how their communication has been affected by aphasia and how they are able to continue living their lives to the fullest.”

    The event accomplished its goal of helping health care professionals understand how they can better assist patients with aphasia and promote communication. The emotions and inspiration that attendees were left with was something that was unexpected.

    “I was brought to tears multiple times throughout the event” says communication sciences and disorders faculty member Lesley Raisor-Becker, PhD. “Avi and the local aphasia community are such an inspiration.”

    Communication Sciences and Disorders Faculty member Aimee Dietz, PhD, who led the organization of the event, says that they plan to host this event on an annual basis to raise awareness about aphasia for future allied health professionals.

    The Graduate Student Governance Association, CAHS Tribunal, and the McKinley foundation also sponsored the event.

     Also special thanks to the following individuals who helped with the event:

    Sarah Thaxton (CSD Senior)
    Kirsty Rae, NSSLHA Treasurer (CSD Junior)
    Shelby Spitz, NSSLHA PR (CSD Junior)
    Katie Masterson (Business; Junior)
    Lexi Perrault (2nd Year MA SLP)
    Katrina Bakas (1st Year MA SLP)
    Emily Haynes (2nd Year MA SLP
    Elise Hargis (2nd Year MA SLP)
    Allison Schenck (2nd Year MA SLP)
    Narae Hyun (CSD PhD Student)
    Numerous NSSLHA volunteers


  • Summer Research Projects

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jul 28, 2016

    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders uses summer for student research

     Students participate in Summer Research The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) has been busy this summer with multiple students completing research projects.

    Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program

    The department had three students participate in the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program this summer, which sets out to encourage female students to participate in ongoing research. The program gives students a stipend of $4,500 and pairs them with a faculty mentor/researcher.

    Here are the 2016 CSD WISE participants:

    CSD student

    Lucy Durepos, senior Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Project Title: Studies in speech and language
    Faculty mentor: Suzanne Boyce, PhD
    "I am so grateful for my experience in the Women in Science and Engineering Program. Over the course of the summer I have learned so much from intelligent, passionate scholars in my field. They have shown me how rewarding it can be to conduct research in a lab while also working in a clinical setting."

    Abby Abby Recker, senior Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Project Title: Establishing similarities and differences in the grammatical profile of Jamaican Creole and English-speaking preschoolers
    Faculty Mentor: Karla Washington, PhD
    "Through the WISE program, I have learned a tremendous amount about speech evaluations and about the field of Speech-Language Pathology. I have truly enjoyed working with my mentor Dr. Washington, and learning from her expertise. I have gained a new confidence in my research and academic abilities that I will carry on into my senior year in CSD."

    SarahSarah Thaxton, senior Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Project Title: Listen to my story: Perspectives of people with aphasia and their communication partners regarding AAC options
    Faculty Mentor: Aimee Dietz, PhD
    “Throughout this process I have really learned so about this field and research in general. My interests in Speech Language Pathology have been solidified as have my interests in aphasia. I've learned so much about the research process as a whole and how much goes into every little detail. The WISE experience has truly opened my eyes to aspects of this field that I had never previously considered.”

    The woman presented the findings of their projects during a special event in the Engineering Research Center on July 28th.


    University Honors Program + Discover

    Faculty Member, Aimee Dietz. PhD also gave two students the opportunity to participate in the University Honors Program + Discover program. The program seeks to increase awareness that research is available and important for students in all fields. Undergraduate students are paid up to $4,000 students to work with faculty members on various research projects as well as attend University Honors Program workshops.

    The project, Listen to My Story: Perspectives of people with aphasia and their communication partners regarding AAC options, was completed by two undergraduate students, Katherine Masterson, a junior marketing student, and Kirsty Rae, a junior Communication Sciences and Disorders student.

    Katherine“I have thoroughly enjoyed becoming familiar with something that is outside of my regular scope. I am very thankful that I have had this opportunity to learn so much about not only aphasia and AAC but also the research process in general. I believe that I will be able to bring some of the strategies for conducting research here into my work at the College of Business.” -Katherine Masterson, junior marketing student in Lindner College of Business

    Kirsty“I have learned extensively about the research process and all of the elements necessary in running a successful and meaningful research project. This experience has captivated my interest in AAC and aphasia, and I feel grateful to have learned so much this through this program.” -Kirsty Rae, junior Communication Sciences and Disorders

    The final University Honors Program + DISCOVER presentation is on Thursday, August 4 from 1-3 in the Annie Laws room of Teachers' College.


Contact Us

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
3202 Eden Avenue
P.O. Box 670379
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0379
Phone: 513-558-8502
Fax:  513-558-8500

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